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The Honeycomb

The Honeycomb is a boutique hotel situated in the administrative district of Deseret's capitol of Zarahemla. Popular with federal employees, the Honeycomb is famous for its top floor greenhouse café. Teancum would share a meal here with visiting family members, an experience that would influence his decision to join the diplomatic mission to nearby star systems.  


One of the few remaining Meeuwenberg Residential Units left standing in Zarahemla, the building that the Honeycomb inhabits has seen a diverse roster of tenants over the years. Originally the home of the Galloway family, the building was rented out after the majority of the 3rd generation moved to the new towns of Taumata and Ocean Forest. It has since been used as office space for a news agency, ateliers for a variety of artists, a glass bottle mini factory, and a temporary storage space for a local museum. It was converted to its current use as a boutique hotel by the sixth head of the Galloway family, Darim, who passed it on to the seventh head of the family, his daughter Antonia. Due to Antonia's lack of heirs, her neighbors wonder if she will sell the property or choose a successor among the hotel's current employees. So far she has given no hints where her heart is on the matter.


Meeuwenberg Residential Units were designed in such a way that different facades and window styles could be applied at any given time. The Honeycomb in its current form is almost unrecognizable when compared to its earlier iterations, but follows closely the desires of the family's first head Robert Galloway. What personal finances made impossible for him to realize, generational wealth has funded, and the Honeycomb now stands out for its reserved blend of the ancient Art Nouveau and Gurnseyian styles. The outer façade is made from white marble, with tall cloister arches on each floor opening onto wide balconies shaded by awnings decorated in green with gold highlights. On either side of these balconies are large stained glass windows featuring honeybees and floral designs, granting natural light to enter rooms while artistically providing privacy. The Honeycomb is capped with the standard Desereti greenhouse, glass segments in the traditional hexagonal style.  


The Honeycomb was designed to attract visiting government workers, and it's accommodations reflect this in comfort and style. Each of the Honeycomb's suites include three small rooms, thanks to building's original design as a multi family residential unit. Each suite includes a sleeping area with a king-sized bed, opening on one side to a small office leading to a private balcony. On the other side French doors lead to a living room with dining table, gas fireplace, and small kitchenette. Each suite includes a bathroom with a large luxury bathtub with and heated marble floors, bidet, and decadently soft robes and slippers. Guests can enjoy the comfort of their own rooms, or rest in the large library on the second floor with its signature grand balcony. Meals are served on the top floor in the Honeycomb Greenhouse Café.  


The Honeycomb Greenhouse Café is a seasonal restaurant, predominantly featuring whatever local produce is available. Its dishes are known for being light and fragrant, leaving patrons content but not stuffed. Menu examples from over the years includes:   Galloway Salad
  • Field Greens, Raspberry Champagne Vinaigrette, Feta Cheese, Toasted Pistachios, Caramelized Onions
Strawberry Kale Salad
  • Baby Kale, Almonds, Strawberries, Manchego Cheese in Lavender, Poppy Seed Dressing.
Zarahemlan Duck Breast
  • Braised Bing Cherry Cabbage, Roasted Cauliflower Puree, Bourbon Maple Glaze, Charred Baby Zucchini
Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich
  • House made Wheat Bread, Herbed Goat Cheese, Romaine lettuce, Cucumber and Avocado slices, Lemon Juice, Sprouts
Herbed Emu Steak
  • Dry Rubbed Emu Steak, Chimichurri Sauce, Roasted Potatoes, Caramelized Onions, Taumatan Mango Slaw
Hive Cakes
  • Hive Shaped Honey Cakes, Caramel Bee Decor, Honey Lemon Drizzle
Banana Parfaits
  • Ripe Banana, Vanilla Pudding, Cinnamon Cream
Hospitality, Hotel

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28 Mar, 2022 03:45

This is very intresting concept for a tavern. I do enjoy the image in my head of like a honey comb created by bees!. But overall this article is good, Well done!

28 Mar, 2022 23:37

A greenhouse café?! O_O Want! Note to self: Make a bid to Antonia, where her staff will remain in place and two of them will be promoted to upper management.

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